Writing Center News

Florence Davies promoted to Assistant Director

We are delighted to announce that Florence Davies has been promoted to the position of Assistant Director of the University Writing Center. Flo has been part of the UWC's full-time staff for 8 years, having previously been a peer writing/speaking consultant while earning her undergraduate degree at Texas A&M. Flo also has a masters degree in creative writing from Stony Brook University. Her creative writing background has been evident in her work at the UWC, where she founded and directed the center's Black Box Writers Residency, a program to develop undergraduate creative writers at Texas A&M. That program was a precursor to another program Flo currently helps manage, the Aggie Creative Collective, which nurtures talented undergraduate writers and visual artists. In her new role, Flo will assist the center's director and executive director, while continuing to develop and lead the center's tutor training and supervising the graduate student team leaders. She will also continue to oversee the UWC's media and marketing efforts. Congratulations, Flo! 

Register for 4/15 collaborative workshop on statements of purpose and personal statements


The University Writing Center and the Career Center are collaborating on a statement of purpose/personal statement workshop for graduate school admissions on Wednesday, April 14th at 5:30 pm.

The personal statement/statement of purpose is your opportunity to showcase what makes you stand out among applicants. This statement allows you to discuss topics such as your professional/career plans, academic objectives, experience, and reasons you believe you are a good fit for a specific program. This workshop will discuss what types of content to include, how to tailor a personal statement to your program of interest, and how to make it meaningful so that the reader remembers you as a stand-out applicant. This workshop includes various activities throughout the session to help students get a solid grip on concepts related to statement writing.

This colloborative workshop will be held online on Zoom. To register for this workshop, visit this link:  tx.ag/personalstatement

Submit your video for feedback!

Aggies can now submit video projects to the UWC for feedback. 

To submit a video, you'll need to select the Online Video Submission option when you make an appointment. Then, fill out the entry survey, indicating what concerns you have about the project and any other relevant information, such as whether its for a specific class and if you were given any specific instructions. Finally, include a link to the video via YouTube or Google Drive. 

If you're making the appointment before the video itself is done, you can include a link to any short video as a placeholder. Just remember to swap that out for your video before the date and time of your appointment! 

While any kind of video projects are welcome, this option might be especially useful for students who are about to give a presentation and want feedback on their practice session but can't come to the UWC in person. Just record yourself rehearsing the presentation and tell us in the entry survey who your intended audience is. The UWC consultant who reviews your submission will offer feedback on whatever you're concerned about including pacing, delivery, and transitions.

We hope this new type of appointment will encourage more students to use our services for even more kinds of communication projects.  

So, send us your videos, Aggies! 

Registration now open for Teaching Writing Now, a virtual diversity symposium

The Texas A&M Department of English, University Writing Center, and Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research invite you to join us for our virtual spring symposium series, Teaching Writing Now: Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in the Writing Classroom.

This virtual series, taking place from January 27 – March 3, will engage the topic of how we can better teaching writing now by addressing diversity, inclusion, and social justice in the writing classroom. Events are aimed at “bringing together scholars doing research in social justice pedagogies, cultural rhetorics, and composition/professional writing in our rapidly changing media landscape.”

The first keynote address, Not Grading Writing as Teaching Writing Now: Considerations of Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in the Writing Classroom will be presented by Asao B. Inoue (Arizona State University) on February 4th from 1:00-2:30 pm.

The second keynote address, Teaching Writing After George Floyd, will be an interview conducted with Vershawn (Dr. Vay) Young (University of Waterloo) by Dr. Valerie Balester and Florence Davies (Texas A&M) on March 1st from 2:30 - 4:00 pm.

Registration for the full symposium is now available, and all events are free and open to the public.
For the full symposium schedule with individualized event sign-ups, visit http://bit.ly/TeachingWritingNow.
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